This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

Paris Fashion Week is underway, and the Frenchies, we fear, think the end is near. (Are things really that bad with Sarko et Bruni?) Rick Owens, Yohji Yamamoto, Junya Watanabe and Viktor & Rolf all presented variations on a futuristic post-apocalyptic warrior: Owens riffed on his signature layering to create a battleground look, Yohji turned Revolutionary War soldiers into an army of darkness, Junya Watanabe matched architectural suiting with snug headpieces, and Viktor & Rolf paired luxury and surrealism to create a contrast between whimsy, luxury, and nihilism. Vivienne Westwood also rebelled, deconstructing garments to reveal skin despite layers, colorful and bright fabrics distracting from the ominous nature of the almost-monsters she sent down the runway. (Also, she had kids paint on the clothes and accessories. Which is pretty badass.) And then there was John Galliano for Dior: Galliano went in the opposite direction, deciding that when the going gets tough, the tough revert into real-life Barbie dolls (above left). You have to see it to believe it, really. Annotated galleries of selected looks from each designer, after the jump.

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse